BEHNA: ICE Agents Who Arrested Seattle “Dreamer” Say He Is A Gang Member

In 2012, President Obama started the program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Individuals are known as “Dreamers,” or those who came to America as a result of their parents coming illegally.

On Friday, ICE agents arrested Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old “Dreamer” from the Seattle area.

There are conflicting accounts between both sides. ICE stated he is a “self-admitted gang member” but his lawyers completely disputes this claim.

CNN has more details regarding both sides.

Rose Richeson, an ICE spokesperson, said, “Mr. Ramirez — a self-admitted gang member — was encountered at a residence in Des Moines, Washington, during an operation targeting a prior-deported felon. He was arrested February 10 by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and transferred to the Northwest Detention Center to await the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge with the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.”

Mark Rosenbaum, counsel for Ramirez, disputed the ICE’s characterization in a statement: “Mr. Ramirez unequivocally denies being in a gang. While in custody, he was repeatedly pressured by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to falsely admit affiliation. The statement issued tonight by Ms. Richeson of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is inaccurate.”

Lawyers for Ramirez have filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the arrest to be unlawful.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is also defending Ramirez under his sanctuary city policy.

“The Seattle Police Department will not help ICE detain or deport immigrants who are doing nothing more than raising their families and contributing to the vibrant culture and successful economy of our city,” according to their joint statement.

We need to enforce our immigration laws and should eliminate sanctuary cities. However, I am sure more details will come out because this case is far from over.

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